"We're definitely on our way," CCSR Chief Dave Watson told The Brazil Times. "We've received donations and pledges close to $600, and many promises of more. Hopefully CCSR will be able to be back in service within a couple of weeks, if not earlier."
Watson said the department members wanted to thank the community for all its support since announcing its closure Dec. 2.
"It's been very heartwarming," Watson said about the support. "We're working on some new fundraisers and have collection buckets in several area businesses. The response has been really good."
Department members will also be collecting donations at the intersection of State Roads 42 and 59 Saturday, from 8 a.m.-noon.
"When the weather gets warmer, we are planning a car wash and several other fundraisers," Watson said. "There is also the possibility of some grants for the department in 2011, but we have to get back into service first. The donations right now are only patching a financial hole in the road."
The volunteer organization currently owes approximately $2,500 in health/medical/life insurance and workman's comp along with vehicle and liability insurance premiums and $500 in outstanding basic utilities and other miscellaneous bills. Monthly expenditures to keep the doors open, according to CCSR board members, are approximately $700-750.
"We're determined to be back in service," Watson said about continuing fundraising efforts into 2011. "And not just for now, but we want to be able to remain in service for the community."
How to help
To support Clay County Search and Rescue's attempt to reopen, people may stop by both branches of Riddell National Bank and the local Harris Bank branch to request to make a donation to the CCSR accounts at the respective banks.
Checks can also be sent to CCSR directly, at 525 East National Ave., Brazil.
For more information about CCSR fundraising efforts, log onto the department's Facebook page.